The U.S. State Department has classified Iran as a “country of particular concern” for “having engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom.”

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“Arrested Christian convert held incommunicado in unknown location, parents ‘very worried,’” Article 18, January 22, 2024:

A Christian convert arrested last week remains in detention in an unknown location, according to a report by an Iranian Christian news site.

Iman Golzar was arrested at his home in Dezful, western Iran, at midnight on 16 January by plainclothes agents of the Ministry of Intelligence, who showed no warrant and confiscated his computer and CCTV cameras, according to Mohabat News.

Iman was then reportedly taken away to an unknown location, with no news of him since, despite the efforts of his parents, who are deaf, to discover his whereabouts and condition.

His parents are said to be “very worried about him” but were told to stop asking questions about him, and threatened that they would be “dealt with” should they continue pursuing his case.

Iman is the second Christian convert from Dezful to have been arrested in recent weeks; Esmaeil Narimanpour, who was arrested on Christmas Eve, also remains in detention….